General News of Friday, 18 April 2014
Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party's 2012 election campaign, Boakye Agyarko, has debunked assertions put forward by Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, a three-time NPP presidential aspirant, of being ignored and not given a role to play in the NPP campaign of 2012, and in the party’s decision to go to court in the aftermath of the disputed election results.
It is recalled that earlier in the week, Mr. Alan Kyerematen in interviews on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana and Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Morning Show, stated that he was given no role to play in the 2012 campaign and was also given no tag for him to be present during the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court.
But in an interview with Asempa FM on Thursday, Boakye Agyarko described as totally false the claims made by Mr. Alan Kyerematen.
According to Mr. Agyarko, in February of 2012, Alan Kyerematen, Nana Akufo-Addo and himself discussed the various campaign roles to be played by key actors in the party, especially Mr. Kyerematen.
Boakye Agyarko revealed that a plan was put in place to give free rein to four persons within the party to campaign in regions of their choosing. These persons, according to Boakye Agyarko, included former President John Agyekum Kufuor, the late Alhaji Aiu Mahama, Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Any other person wishing to campaign was, therefore, to be given a defined role to play, so as to ensure that there was no crowding of persons around the four in the campaign period.
This, according to Boakye Agyarko, was agreed to by Alan Kyerematen. The former Trade Minister thereafter asked Boakye Agyarko to permit him to complete his work in Addis Ababa where he had been appointed as a trade advisor at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa. Alan, according to Boakye Agyarko, indicated that he was going to complete the job in April 2012.
“I never heard from Alan again. When you call him, he doesn’t answer his phone. He did not show up in April to help with the campaign as he promised. So what shows that we didn’t want him to be a part of the campaign?” Boakye Agyarko asked.
He continued, “What role did Alan want to play for which he was prevented? He should come out to boldly state which individual or individuals in the NPP stopped him from playing a role in the campaign.”
On the decision by the party to go to court and Mr. Kyerematen’s “no show” during the proceedings, Boakye Agyarko stated that the NPP was given a total of 25 tags. NPP Members of Parliament were given 5 tags, and thus, according to Boakye Agyarko, NPP MPs were involved in a rotation system with MPs alternating in their presence at the Supreme Court.
“As campaign manager, I never got a tag. I was only able to get into the Supreme Court on Thursdays because someone, who had a tag, told me he wouldn’t be present in court on Thursdays. This was why I was only seen in court on Thursdays,” he explained.
“So Alan Kyerematen, who was not in the country at the time, expected to have a tag reserved for him so that whenever he came to Ghana, that tag will be available for him?” He asked.
There was no deliberate intention, according to Boakye Agyarko, to not give Alan Kyerematen a tag.
Boakye Agyarko added that it was his wish and the wish of millions of NPP members that the newly elected executives would have been given some breathing space to roll out their plans for victory in 2016.
However, some actions and statements made by Alan Kyerematen and his supporters, Boakye Agyarko said, are not auguring well for the NPP.